Episode #11. Winter Wonders Welcome: Solstice, Puppy Sweaters, Joy & Dance
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Winter has arrived & we’re welcoming the Winter Solstice with our inspiring reflections, ideas for finding happiness, creative & spontaneous dancing and puppy dog fun. Winter can be a cold, dark, gray, and sometimes depressing time of year. We hope this week’s video episode inspires & encourages you to find the wonder & joy that can be found all through the winter season.
As we intentionally seek to find joy, wonder & reasons for appreciation each and every day, we find it easier to maintain a sense of happiness & optimism through life’s challenges & hardships. As we welcome the Winter Solstice, we welcome the return of light and longer days of daylight. As we find joy and wonder in life’s simple things, we find it easier to find the happiness that is our destined life purpose.
We raise our glasses of eggnog in honor of the Holiday Season and the season of Winter, and find joy in meaningful friendships, the sweet love of our dog and animal companions, the joy of dance, and the empowering quality of expression through creativity and giving.
In this video, we enjoyed creating a celebrative collage of winter inspired improvisational dance. Inspired and heartfelt movement flows forth, and we are excited to share it with you.
Inside all of us, we have creativity waiting to be expressed. We encourage you to find ways to express your passion & energy through creative movement.
No one needs to be a dancer, to find joy in getting up and getting your body moving around. Get up and move your body. Dance like nobody is watching. Be yourself and have fun!
Winter can be a long, gray, dark, and sometimes depressing time of year. If you feel sadder during this time of year, we encourage you to commit to intentionally finding things to appreciate every day. Write and keep a Gratitude Journal.
We have found that having grace & forgiveness with ourselves is really important. We may feel a bit slower in our daily activities, need more sleep, or we may feel more emotionally effected by challenges.
Having self-compassion towards ourselves is really important & helpful for us to feel healthier and more capable to take on life’s daily challenges.
Also we encourage you to find ways to get outside and connect with nature. It’s easy to forgo outdoor activities in the cold darker winter months, though finding little bits of time to get outside really uplifts mood and boosts health.
If you have ways that you are able to find greater happiness & energy during the Winter months, we would love to hear from you. Share with us in the comments section.
Enjoy this Winter Is a Season poem by Megan…
Winter is a season
It comes every year
Welcomed by the solstice
The shortest day of the year.
Winter is a season
That brings rain, sleet & snow
As the days are short and the nights long
We all feel a bit slow.
Winter is a season
Inspiring internal reflections,
And acts of loving kindness
As we gather for celebrations.
Winter is a season
Whether it be the favorite or not
It’ a time for rest before we all re-create.
Winter is an inspiring season
Where wonder & joy abound with great reason.
May this video and blog post inspire you to seek the joy & wonder that is the essence of who you are...
Share & interact with us in the COMMENT section below…
~ What do you appreciate about Winter?
~ What wonders does the Winter Season inspire you to feel?
~ How do you find joy in the gray and cold Winter months?
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All video & photos were filmed by the two of us with the exception of the following:
Some Copyright Free/Royalty Free/Public Domain Video was used in this episode.
Licensed under the Pexels license;
~ woman rolling dough by Oleg Magni
~ serving salad by Cottonbro
~ evening dinner party by Cottobro
~ closeup of fire by Motion Places
~ person hiking in snow by Press Master
~ snow falling in trees by Pixabay
~ snowy mt. by PhotoMixLtd
~ drone swirling over snowy forest by Invisible Power
The wonderful music that goes into underscoring our videos is all licensed through Artlist. Musical Artists heard in THIS Episode:
~ Ian Post, Katrina Stone, Bob Hart, Borrtex, Nir Maimon, Karir Demir, G Yerro, Vi Davi & Marc Robillard
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Cheers to finding joy & wonder in the beauty of the Winter Season!
Wendy (Sequoia Win’Ni) & Megan
and "Wonder DOGS" Uluru & Konane
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